I'm going to try contacting the local sheriff's department about open carry and CCW permits and also try to see what individual officers' personal views are as well as their understanding of the related laws. If I end up learning anything or have any interesting discussions, I'll let you guys know.
Questions for you: In a relatively urban city like San Francisco, Berkeley, San Mateo, or Mountain View, what do you think is the worst that could happen to someone who legally and openly carries aside from being permanently disabled, killed, or injured? Getting arrested is no big deal if you can afford the lawer and the time away from work, assuming the charges are dropped, right? What sort of charges would a DA try to press in this sort of situation?